real cause of running injuries
So you have another running injury. What is the cause this time--weak hip flexors, too much training, incorrect shoes, not enough stretching? Maybe we are looking in the completely wrong direction for the answer to this question.
Perhaps we should be looking at how we have been feeling and thinking lately. Yes I know, that sounds a bit wishy-washy but hear me out and possibly this will make perfect sense to you. And, there is a quick exercise you can do to determine if this is true for you or not.
First of all our bodies do not change rapidly. They may become weaker over time as we age, but if you did a run last month without any issues and the same run this month caused a hamstring injury, it cannot be as a result of a change in your body.
Our bodies do not change that quickly, but our thoughts, feelings, emotions do. We have multiple situations in our lives that constantly reflect change in our personal and professional lives. How can we stay the same emotionally? It is very difficult unless we have developed the peaceful, mental tenacity of a Buddhist monk!
If you believe it is just slightly possible that your current injury might have been caused by your thoughts or emotions, try this test and you will know the real cause of running injuries.
Sit somewhere quietly for a few minutes, where you won't be disturbed--a private bathroom works well for this :) Relax for a few moments. Breathing will help to quieten the mind.
Then mentally ask yourself if anything has been upsetting you lately, playing on your mind, worrying you, disturbing your peace of mind, etc. Go with the first thing that comes to mind.
Think about the situation and notice the emotion it creates in your body. How does thinking about this situation make you feel--angry, guilty, fearful, worried, anxious, frustrated? Be honest with yourself.
In Louise Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life, there are numerous examples of how pain and disease in our bodies are related to our emotions and thought systems. In her lifetime of work she has witnessed many healings resulting from a change in thoughts and feelings including her own cancer diagnosis.
Our emotions can be very complicated, but one thing is for sure--they do effect our bodies and in ways that we do not expect. For example, we can have back pain because we are holding onto resentment, we can develop knee problems because we are inflexible or stubborn, or we can have foot problems if we are fearful of the future.
But it doesn't have to be this way. If you have identified the emotional cause of your injury, you are already on your way to healing. We can only deal with an issue if we are aware of it. The more consciously aware we are of our emotions and reactions to the situations and events in our lives, the sooner we can deal with them and release the real cause of running injuries.
Body awareness - is also a very good technique to us become more aware of what is going on in our bodies. When we learn to listen to the specific signals our body's give us, we can use them to help us prevent running injuries and illnesses.
The Mind and Body Connection - demonstrates how our emotions affect our bodies and how we can use the strength of our mind to heal our bodies.
Can Fear Create a Running Injury? - This article is about how I believe a fear I had resulted in a foot injury.
What about you? Do you have a story to share about how a fear or emotion showed up as a running injury? Please share your story in the comments below.
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